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CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes
 
4.5

(based on 157 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (102)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (106)
  • Lightweight (66)
  • Compact (45)
  • Reliable (37)
  • Packs small / compresses (33)

Cons

  • Flimsy construction (9)
  • Poor quality (5)
  • Heavy / bulky (4)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (98)
  • Family photos (62)
  • Sports/action (40)
  • Wildlife photos (11)
  • Landscape/scenery (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (51), Pro photographer (49), Photo enthusiast (19)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (120)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Finally, consistently exposed shots

I've been frustrated with my 580ex II's for a while. If I was using the flashes at full power and I didn't wait a full 5-7 seconds between shots, the subsequent shots would...Read complete review

I've been frustrated with my 580ex II's for a while. If I was using the flashes at full power and I didn't wait a full 5-7 seconds between shots, the subsequent shots would be underexposed.

I bought 2 of these battery packs (1 for each 580) and had a chance to test them this weekend. I was very pleased with the results. I fired the flashes very quickly (2 seconds or so), and every shot was exposed the same.

The only improvement I would suggest is the ability to unplug the cord from the battery pack. I use PocketWizards on my 580's and they require the AC7 shield to function properly. Here's the annoying part, I have to remove the flash from the AC7 to plug/unplug the battery pack.

Let me be clear, the inconvenience is NOT at all Bolt's fault. Other than that, I love these.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Buyer Beware ... interface issues

After reading all the glowing reviews for the CBP-C1, I bought one for use with my 580EX II and MR-14EX Macro Ring Lite. Having never used an external battery pack before, I...Read complete review

After reading all the glowing reviews for the CBP-C1, I bought one for use with my 580EX II and MR-14EX Macro Ring Lite. Having never used an external battery pack before, I left the settings on the flash to refresh from internal or external batteries. While using it for a photo shoot I noticed the refresh time started to drop drastically. So I changed the batteries in my battery pack only to find the refresh times stayed the same. After changing the settings to refresh only from the external batteries it would not refresh at all. So I tried it on my MR-14EX and it worked most of the time, but occasionally dropped out. I checked the connector and found that one of the 3 pins on the cord was recessed.

I returned it to B&H for repair and bought the Canon CP-E4 battery pack. It worked perfectly on both flashes plus when you plug it into the flash, unlike the Bolt, the connector locks tightly into the socket on both flashes. The Bolt definitely has problems with the interface cord design and/or build. The CP-E4 is much better in both design and build quality, well worth the extra cost.

By the way, B&H did a great job handling the return of the Bolt unit.

Reviewed by 157 customers

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5.0

a great product

By musicman5

from Normal, IL USA

Verified Buyer

Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

I occasionally use speedlights for extended periods of time so a battery pack is essential. I own one Canon made pack and several CBP-C1's. Other than the price there is very little difference.

I highly recommend this product.

 
5.0

Bolt saves you money

By Photoman

from North Brunswick, NJ

Verified Buyer

Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

It does the same thing as the Canon batter pack does for a lot less money.

 
5.0

Worth Every Penny!

By Anthony Calleja

from honolulu Hawaii

Verified Buyer

Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

I purchase 3 Bolt Compact Battery Pack for my Canon Speedlite 600ex-rt and I just could not be happier. My exposures are consistent and my productivity has improved tremendously.

 
5.0

Works Great!

By Thom

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

I purchased two of these for my speedlights. I don't know how I did without them before. I never have to worry about my batteries running out in the middle of a shoot.

 
5.0

would buy again.

By Frank

from undisclosed

Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

seems to work fine with Canon 600EX2 RT

 
5.0

It powers the flash okay

By David

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

This was purchased as a back up to the Canon branded battery booster we already use. It works as described, but is a bit lighter construction, and the cord doesn't seem as sturdy as the original.

However, it was about half the price of the Canon battery pack ...

 
4.0

A definite alternate for the lighter duty Photographer

By Richard

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

This is first impression review and I do not have the Canon version to compare, just mostly all canon equipment so well versed on Canon quality.  I have never had a battery pack for speedlights and bought 2 of these to power 2 flashes on a umbrella stand.  The unit appears well made, though the plastic is thinner and I can see how the battery tray latch could break easily.   The plug attaches firmly to the flash and has a rubber band around edge of plug to create the weather seal.  No belt clip just a loop to slide belt through.  No loops to attach shoulder strap so no way to easily sit down your camera and flash if using this on your on-camera flash.  I am sure I can find an inventive way to modify that.

On first tests, the same flash on a full dump discharge clearly recycled at least 75% faster than with just the in flash batteries, though not a scientific measurement.

If you are a pro out every weekend or day, I would recommend you buy the Canon model.  But if you are like me and most of your work will not need this device and flash power, buying 2 of these for less than the price of 1 Canon seems to be the best choice.

 
5.0

Very, very nice!

By Mike O'B.

from New York state - Finger Lakes region

Verified Buyer

Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

Kudos to the Bolt brand for bringing a more economical battery pack to market. This looks, feels and operates very much like the Canon unit and I'm quite satisfied with it. I like the sliding latch for the battery tray and the lock button. The performance is excellent and the fact that it includes safety circuitry is an indication that Bolt does give proper consideration to regulatory matters.

 
5.0

Very useful

By Rad

from Evanston, IL

Verified Buyer

Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

I am really satisfied with this battery pack. It makes my work a lot easier, speeds up recycling time of my Canon EX 600II. With 8 AA batteries it weights a little bit, but attached to a belt it is hard to notice it. It seems to be solidly built, great price. It is a necessary item for any fast paced event.

 
4.0

Works as advertised

By Jim

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

I've used four of these with Canon 600EX-RT flashes.  I don't have any experience with the Canon battery packs for context but the Bolt ones are made well enough to hold up under my occasional use.  I know they hold the recycle times down to a second or two rather than five or more on the internal batteries alone.  They're fairly expensive for what they are but they're a decent bargain for what they do.

Twelve AA cells per flash makes for some work getting them into and out of chargers but I'd rather suffer the failure of a small number of cheap AAs than an entire monolithic lithium pack.

I haven't used the sleeve for anything but it appears to be manufactured well.  The threaded fastener to screw the pack to a camera body is similarly well made.  The idea doesn't appeal to me though; an arrangement with a flat-head fastener so the pack and the camera sit flat on a table would be more use.

Altogether though they make my flashes work harder and this appears to be the most efficient way to do it.

 
5.0

Really improves the speedlite recycle time

By Chuck

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

I already owned two of these and decided to purchase two more so each speedlite would have a battery pack when the environment required two speedlites for each umbrella.

Using the battery packs really improves the speedlite recycle time. Now I'm able to get the shoot because I'm no longer waiting for the speedlites to recharge.

 
5.0

WORKS GREAT!

By Gary

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

Works great, have used it only once so far, but as usual everything I have bought from B&H over the years has not had any issues!

 
5.0

GOOD BUY

By Takhim

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED TO POP THE CONSISTENT FLASHES!

 
4.0

For the price, why wouldn't you want better performance?

By Kyle

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

If you are a wedding shooter, you already know that your batteries can let you down at the worst times. This battery pack is thin, easy to use, and is what I consider a "must-have" accessory. Not only will wedding shooters benefit, but anyone shooting events or doing on location portraiture with flash units will benefit. I've purchase two of these so that when I'm shooting a model on location, I won't have to interrupt my shoot at an awkward time to deal with spent batteries. Pack clips to your belt or use the included tripod mount, or like me, rig the pack to hang from a light stand. For this price why wouldn't you try one or two of these?

 
4.0

Battery Pack

By Mike

from Undisclosed

Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

Purchased the battery packs for my canon flashes. They help shorten the recycle time so the light output is more even.
The only change I would make would be a detachable power cord that could be manufactured in longer lengths.

 
5.0

Works fine

By melster

from chicago

Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

Simple but useful. Not sure how well it will hold up with use. Pretty sure cord will be the first thing to go. Cheap compared to Canon cost but either is over-priced for what it is.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Glad I got it on sale

By Raleigh

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

Cheap plastic, does not speed up flash recycle that I can tell.

 
5.0

Recycle My 600EX II-RT In About 1 Second

By Frank

from San Ramon

Verified Buyer

Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

Bought a new 600EX II-RT used my older CBP-C1 that I used with my older 580 EXII. Since the CBP-C1 came on sale on Black Friday at a good price, I decided to buy another one so I would have one for both my flashes. More importantly, the CBP-C1 does seem to work better with my 600EX II-RT compared to my 580 EXII. It recycle the 600EX II-RT in about 1 to 1.25 seconds and the 580 EXII in about 1.5 - 2 seconds. For the price, it works great.

(0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Doesn't make much difference.

By Clifford

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

I used this several times with my Yonguo 565EX.  I used the same batteries in both the flash and the battery pack.  When the flash fires, the light on the battery pack lights momentarily so I'm assuming that it is working.  However, I didn't notice any perceptible improvement in recharge time.  I don't think that there was any noticeable improvement in the number of shots before the batteries in the camera needed to be changed.  

When I recharged the batteries, the batteries from the camera charged for several hours.  They seem to have been completely depleted.  The batteries from the battery pack recharged quickly and seemed to have hardly been discharged.

I guess it's pretty much useless to me.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Must Have For Weddings

By Michael

from Chattanooga

Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

I own two of these and use them for faster recycle times shooting weddings and events. I use them with two canon 600ex flash. I don't notice much if any flash inconsistency when I shot an image every second or so. I don't know what else the BRAND pack might offer but I feel as if I'm getting what I need for half the price. Did I mention I bought two for the price of a BRAND pack!

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